New Report Charts Path for Most Vulnerable North Texas Kids

The North Texas Community Foundation has introduced a new tool for civic, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. It’s a report that helps develop programs and policies aimed at improving outcomes for local children at risk for poverty, neglect and abuse.

Growing Up in North Texas 2016: A Community Assessment for Tarrant County surfaces the top issues facing local youth from birth to 18 and recommends key solutions. It identifies family economic stability, literacy rates at third grade, infant mortality and child maltreatment as primary areas to focus attention.

In addition to providing a demographic profile of local children, Growing Up in North Texas provides extensive statistical data on four community indicators: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health and Safety. Each section includes information on proven solutions to help guide resource investments, and features insights from a variety of local experts, such as Fort Worth ISD school board president, Jacinto Ramos, Jr.

The report synthesizes extensive statistical data in one place for easy reference. It will serve as a roadmap for civic leaders to adopt informed policies, for nonprofits to develop innovative programs, and for charitable donors to make smart philanthropic investments.

In addition to data for Tarrant County, it also features comparative data for five other metropolitan areas, including Dallas County. The report was produced in partnership with Children at Risk and Child Care Associates.

Growing Up North Texas is available to download at Hard copies of the report can also be requested from the Community Foundation.


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